David Beckham has offered his thoughts on Erik ten Hag’s first season in charge of Manchester United.
Guiding the club back into the Champions League positions was a key aim for the club last term, and they have been continuing to build on Ten Hag’s project to push the club back to its former glories.
Ten Hag’s reign so far has caught the eye of former winger and United icon David Beckham, who has given his seal of approval to the Dutchman.
Speaking to The Athletic, Beckham believes that United’s decision to appoint Ten Hag as their new manager has been a “breath of fresh air”.
“It hasn’t been the greatest of times for Manchester United, on the field or off the field,” Beckham explained. “Seeing Erik come in is a breath of fresh air. He has had some tough decisions to make but he has done it in the most elegant way and in a way where he has got the fans on his side.
Speaking further on the club and the current ambiguity of who may own Manchester United in the future, Beckham said: “Off the field, as a fan and ex-player, I just want it resolved. There has to be a decision.
“Whoever is running your club, you want them to be passionate, be involved, make the right decisions, bring in the right players and invest in the club. Because the club does need investment, whether it’s the training facility, stadium, on the field… these kinds of big things need to be made and changes do need to happen, especially when you see the likes of Man City and what they’re doing.
“It’s not just about what they’re winning. You can see that Man City are building for the future, not just from season to season. They’ve got stability with Pep (Guardiola), who I am in awe of.
“We were at the top of the tree, we were winning everything, the ones who were successful, the ones where the players wanted to come. Luckily, we still have that Manchester United pull that existed when I went there. We want that back and the sooner a decision can be made, the better.”
Further asked if it is time for the Glazer family to sell Manchester United, his answer was simple: “I think so.
I think it’s purely because the fans want it. Once you lose the fans, especially at a club like Manchester United, it’s hard to get them back. Obviously, they have achieved a lot, and financially, the fact we’re even talking about the numbers of what Manchester United will sell for shows the success they’ve had. But there needs to be change. We’ve all seen that, we all know that.”
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